Singapore, Sep 3 (PTI) Singapore’s 3.9 million population is facing age-related issues, of which nearly nine per cent are of Indian origin. The head of Shree Narayan Mission, a leading philanthropic organization, has said that community service is more important than ever to help the senior citizens of the country.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shree Narayana Mission (Singapore-SNM), involved in philanthropy service for 74 years. Devendran said that SNM seeks to address the issues affecting the lives of senior citizens in Singapore.
“In 2023, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of SNM in Singapore, providing equal social services to all, whether Chinese, Indian or other castes and religions,” said 60-year-old Devendran.
“We are trying to bring about a change in the lives of the lesser-privileged,” he said. The SNM was registered as one of 109 community organizations in June 1948. It operates a 224-bed nursing home, a 200-bed psychiatric centre, two ‘day care centres’ for the elderly and a care centre. SNM conducts several community programs.
Devendran said Singapore’s 3.9 million population is facing age-related issues, of which about nine per cent are of Indian origin.
He proposed that other Indian organizations should look into ways to mobilize resources and help the elderly and people with ‘dementia’ in ‘daycare centres’ and rehabilitate them to include them in the mainstream of society.
“We need to take a deeper look at how our Indian community can help the government in managing aging and bridging these gaps,” he said.